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One really important point to check on- has your wiring been updated? If you have any knob-and-tube wiring in those walls you'll need to replace it before you insulate. The old wiring depends on the air space to disperse heat, and it creates a fire hazard if you surround it with insulation. Also note that some of the old framing techniques were different than today's- our 1908 house has balloon-framing, where there is a continuous open space from the 2nd floor down through the first. If that's the case for you, you would want to make sure that the wiring is replaced on the floors below you and then either put on some kind of block between floors or end up insulating all the way down.
I'm personally undecided about plaster vs drywall--in our house, the previous owner's poor taping job on the drywall looks far worse than the plaster that needs repair, and the drywall certainly performs far worse when it gets damp (basement in particular).

Thoughts on Replacing Plaster Wall with Insulation and Drywall?
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11/21/11 12:07 PM

Great suggestions from everyone. There are different levels that you could go to, depending on your resources/energy level at this point (probably on the lower end, since you just moved in). Longer term/higher resources: remodel the kitchen to incorporate the column into the design. Mid-range for time/resources: have a custom bookshelf/storage case built around the column (I would make it square, and have it go all the way to the ceiling-this would also help integrate it into the kitchen). Short-term/fewest resources required: my suggestion is to put in a 'built-in' banquet in that corner where you have the dining table. The column helps create a cozy atmosphere, and you could use your existing dining table (until/unless you want to replace it). See Ballard Designs for 'built-in' seating pieces (Coventry 3-piece corner upholstered sectional):

Actually, even the 'custom' bookshelf could be done in a short, less expensive way, with a little do-it-yourself work: consider what it would look like if you used Ikea's Expedit bookcases--put a backing on them, stack 2 on each side of the column, fasten well...

Working Around a Concrete Column? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
3/24/10 02:02 PM